The U.S. Department of Education has announced that more than 80 education institutions have been chosen as 2015 Green Ribbon Schools.
The program, now in its fourth year, has for the first time included a category for colleges and universities. Those recognized in 2015--58 schools, 14 school districts, and nine postsecondary institution--were chosen for their progress in reducing environmental impact and utility costs, promoting better health for students and staff, and offering effective environmental education.
"They demonstrate a real commitment to serving students with the healthiest and most sustainable learning environments," says Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
"We are pleased to see that the award has prompted instructors, parents, students, and administrators nationwide to acknowledge the critical need for students to learn in a manner – and a place -- that will sustain both them and the planet," says Andrea Suarez Falken, director of the Green Ribbon Schools program. "These green schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions have taught us that it’s not just what students are learning; the where matters too."
The Education Department has created a Green Strides web page where educators can learn how to adopt some of the sustainable strategies being used by Green Ribbon recipients.